October 2016

Will the auto industry be fully electrified one day?

Lately it's been a trend somehow, and a race between all auto manufacturers to show their muscles by building electric vehicles. Every manufacturer tries to please its own ego by extending the mileage on a car to claim the word of mouth title: we are the best in electrifying the industry!

The Paris Motor Show 2016 took place at the end of September, and we will be covering it during the November issue. But, I can tell you that Mercedes unveiled the Generation EQ concept, an SUV coupe study that previews a new family of electric vehicles under the new EQ brand. Power comes from a pair of electric motors that produce up to a combined 402 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque, due to the system's scalable battery components, with the power transmitted to all four wheels permanently. The company claims a driving range of up to 500 km on a single charge with the battery pack mounted between the axles. Speaking of which, the lithium-ion batteries are made from Daimler themselves, with a model-specific total capacity of over 70 kWh. 0-to-100 km/h comes in under 5 seconds.

Another special occasion was celebrated by General Motors, and more specifically by Chevrolet: the 50th anniversary of the very first Camaro, which was sold on September 29, 1966.To commemorate the momentous occasion, a special section of Chevrolet's website has been launched, paying homage to all six generations of the Camaro through a selection of unique artwork that highlights some of the key facts and photos about the iconic American muscle car.

What do we have in our October issue?
We feature the world global premiere of the all-new Volvo V40 Cross Country in Sweden.
Our cover story goes to the premium Japanese automaker: Infiniti. It is the 2017 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400. Finally Infiniti is getting rid of their direct injection engines and welcoming the turbo era!

In our Global Drives section, we drove the all-new 2017 Renault Koleos in France. Hisham drove the new Nissan Patrol in Oman with the new V6 engine. In our Editors' Choice section, Ershad drove both the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG and Honda Accord Coupe. I personally enjoyed a weekend drive on board the facelifted Infiniti QX50.

Jaguar is back to the motorsport world but this time into the Formula E (Electric). We personally wish them the best of luck and are hoping for great results in the upcoming future. We also attended a workshop with JLR in Gaydon about their latest future technology on their vehicles.

Our motorbike section is back this month. We feature the Harley Davidson Road Glide Special driven around the UAE.

The yearly classic cars festival in the coastal city of Jbeil in Lebanon takes place during September to commemorate the end of the summer season.

I leave you here. Any questions or advice, it would be a pleasure for me and my team to assist you via our website www.arabwheels.net and our social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube), and again don't forget to download the ArabWheels Magazine App on both apple store and google play!

- Issam Eid, Editor-in-Chief

Cover Story: Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400

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